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Do you remember the old saying, "Sticks and stones my break my bones, but words will never hurt me." ?
Well we all know that is not true! Sometimes words can hurt far worse than a punch or a kick because words can continue to sting long after they are inflicted. This is a great lesson to demonstrate the power of hurtful words. To do this lesson you will need two hearts.
One should say, Use Kind Words and the other one should say Words Can Hurt.
Before I begin the lesson I read, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. This story illustrates the power of words so well! After reading the story I show the students my heart that says Use Kind Words and ask them to help me think of some words that are kind. As they come up with words I add them to the heart. We do the same thing with the Words Can Hurt heart. After we have charted the words we talk about how words can hurt us. Then, I go back to the page in the book where it describes how Chrysanthemum felt (she wilted). We talk about how she felt and why she felt that way. Did her friends hit her or push her? No. They hurt her with their words. Hold up the words can hurt heart and as you say each hurtful word that they listed fold the heart. After you have said all of the words ask them what they notice. Then ask, "What kind of words could we say to help someone we've hurt?' As they give you words, such as "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it" you will unfold the heart. Show them that even though they said words to try to make it better the heart still has wrinkles. Remind them that they should always think before they speak and use kind words so that they won't cause a wrinkle on their friend's heart.